Forgo the August sizzle with a splash of Canadian cool. The world’s second-largest French-speaking city,
SEE: Jump into culture—everyone else does. See new filmmakers’ efforts at Ex-Centris, the dazzling film and screening complex. Hit the Montreal Museum of Fine Art for classics, the Musee d’art Contemporain for modern art and the Museum of Archeology and History, built atop the ruins of the old city, for an eye-opening sense of place. Old Montreal and
DINE: At the cozy Quebecois Joe Beef, hip locals line up for French-inspired fare with ingredients from the nearby local farmer’s market. For great food for a great cause (profits are given to local charities), join celebs and locals at hotspot Robin Des Bois. And Duel, where two chefs, French and Asian, ask diners to pick sides in a monthly gourmet smackdown, is the best show in town on any night. Other top-flight eateries include
SHOP: A hotbed of design,
INSIDER’S TIP: Romance? Mais oui! Take the Lighting Tour of Old Montreal for artistically lit stunning architecture, narrow streets and a step back in time. You can do it on foot, but a horse-drawn carriage is plus intime.